Police have arrested and charged two Ottawa men after they allegedly swarmed another man outside a Vanier convenience store.

Police responded at about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 to the store on Lavergne Street where they found a man with a minor head injury after a swarming and assault.

The victim told police two men left the store and grabbed him, with one of them holding a handgun. The victim said he resisted and he was beaten.

The suspects stole some property but it was dropped nearby before they fled to a residence on Lebrun Street.

Police found the suspects there and arrested them at the scene shortly after. The next day, they executed a search warrant and seized a handgun.

The suspects, 26 and 23 years old, face six charges each including:

  • Robbery with an offensive weapon.
  • Unlicensed person possessing prohibited/restricted weapon.
  • Possession of a weapon in commission of an offence.
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime.
  • Assault causing bodily harm.
  • Uttering threats.

The 26-year-old also faces two more counts of possessing a firearm.

The 23-year-old next appears in court Sept. 24 while the other man appears in court again Thursday. They both remain in custody.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.